Wild Florida Photo - Erynnis horatius

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Erynnis horatius


Florida native


Horace's dusky wings are drab brown butterflies found in scrubs, sandhills, flatwoods, along the margins of hammocks and in shrubby disturbed areas throughout Florida. Most populous in the southeastern United States, the range extends west to Utah and Arizona, through the midwest as far as South Dakota and Minnesota and into New England, excluding Vermont and Maine.
WIngspans range from 3.4 to 4.9 cm (1-1/3 to 1-15/16 in.). Both sexes have transparent spots on the forewings. Males have a coastal fold on the forewing containing yellow scent scales. Females have scent scales on the seventh abdominal segment. Females have more of a wing pattern, showing white and black areas on teh brown wings, both upperside and underside. Males show a very faint pattern mostly on the upperside of the forewings.
Oak shrubs and trees are larval host plants. Adult butterflies feed on various plants up to about 1.37 m (4-1/2 ft.) high. The butterfly pictured here is feeding on the flowers of turkey tangle fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora).
At least seven of the 25 Erynnis species occur in Florida.

Erynnis horatius is a member of the Hesperiidae - Skippers family.

Butterflies through Binoculars

   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and curious general readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that Florida's butterfly fauna is unique--and that, until the appearance of this volume, there has been no adequate field guide for the butterflies of this region. This guide simplifies identification by illustrating only species found in Florida--using superb photographs of live butterflies coupled with detailed range maps and identification data. It also offers, with unprecedented detail, much information on flight times and abundances for each of five Florida subregions, including reports on 70 localities in which to find butterflies. Lastly, discussions of the foodplants for each species along with suggestions for attracting these species to one's garden make this work invaluable for all Florida gardeners interested in butterflies.

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Butterflies & Moths of North America page fro this species

Date record last modified:
Aug 07, 2016

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